Monday, 6th July 2009
Turns out, a lot of people are saddened by the loss of a spec they don’t understand, and if they did, would not bother using.
There are two meanings to XHTML: technical and marketing. The technical kind (XHTML served using the application/xhtml xml MIME type) is a formulation of HTML as an XML vocabulary. The marketing kind (XHTML served using the text/html MIME type) is processed just like HTML by browsers but the authors attempt to observe slightly different syntax rules in order to make it seem that they are doing something newer and shinier compared to HTML.
An Unnofficial Q&A about the Discontinuation of the XHTML2 WG. By Henri Sivonen. # 12:27 pm